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Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

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All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, shower curtain ring salesman and all-around blabbermouth who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company. And when he decides that he is going the same direction as Neal.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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25 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,230,280 (USA)
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When Del Griffith (John Candy) clears his sinuses in the motel room, his nose is whistling sounds out the final chords to "Shave and a Haircut". See more »

Goofs

Del and Neil travel in a hire care from St Louis to Chicago but it seems like they are traveling for a very long time indeed. Long enough for it to get dark. Granted it is meant to be in the autumn/fall but even then. St Louis to Chicago is only 4.5 hours away in the car and it is a single interstate road to get there. Considering after the car goes on fire and they have to spend the night in a motel, they travel for a bit more but then in the truck they still have 3 hours to go! Highly improbable that all those incidents happened within the space of the first 1.5 hours from setting off from St Louis. See more »

Quotes

Neal: Sir?... Sir?... Sir?
[runs to man]
Neal: Excuse me. I know this is your cab, but I'm desperately late for a plane, and I was wondering if I could appeal to your good nature and ask you to let me have it.
New York Lawyer: I don't have a good nature. Excuse me. Cabbie, come on.
Neal: I'll offer you 10 dollars for it.
New York Lawyer: [scoffs] Nuh!
Neal: Okay, 20! I'll give you 20 dollars.
New York Lawyer: I'll take 50.
Neal: [Neal pauses, then begins to take money out] All right.
New York Lawyer: Anyone who'd pay 50 dollars for a cab, would certainly pay 75.
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There are no opening credits after the title, which scrolls across the screen like a plane, train, and automobile. See more »


Soundtracks

(Meet) the Flintstones
(1961)
Music by Hoyt Curtin (as Hoyt S. Curtin)
Lyrics by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Performed by John Candy (uncredited)
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Heartwarming Little Holiday-Themed Film.
2 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good comedy that has businessman Steve Martin trying to get home for the Thanksgiving holidays but having absolutely no luck. What is worse is that he cannot shake traveling salesman John Candy. The duo go through so many crazy situations trying to get Martin home and the question is will they survive the experience? The film is not all fun though as John Candy has a secret that will be discovered by the film's finale. John Hughes is at his best here. Along with "Home Alone" this is his best work. He adds outstanding comedy with just a pinch of real drama to create a really good film that keeps entertaining as the years pass by. 4 stars out of 5.


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